How to Bake Pi

An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics

by Eugenia Cheng

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  • 9780465051717
  • 9780465051694
One of the world's most creative mathematicians finds the meaning of mathematics in the kitchen in this "whimsical...rigorous and insightful" (New York Times) book

What is math? How exactly does it work? And what do three siblings trying to share a cake have to do with it? In How to Bake Pi, math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen. We learn how the bechamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number five, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard. At the heart of it all is Cheng's work on category theory, a cutting-edge "mathematics of mathematics," that is about figuring out how math works.

Combined with her infectious enthusiasm for cooking and true zest for life, Cheng's perspective on math is a funny journey through a vast territory no popular book on math has explored before. So, what is math? Let's look for the answer in the kitchen.

  • Basic Books; May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780465051694
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  • Title: How to Bake Pi
  • Author: Eugenia Cheng
  • Imprint: Basic Books
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  • 9780465051717
  • 9780465051694

In The Press

"[A]slyly illuminating dispatch on the deep meaning of mathematics.... Chengmanages to do for us what the mathematician Keith Devlin has saidmathematicians do for themselves: she compels us to see numbers and symbols asvivid characters in an ongoing drama, a narrative in which we are alternatelyobservers and participants."—NatalieAngier, The American Scholar


About The Author

Eugenia Cheng is tenured in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield. She is the Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she currently lives.

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ISBNs
  • 9780465051717
  • 9780465051694